'The Hollow Men'
The life and death of Daren Borges
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'The Hollow Men'
The life and death of Daren Borges
So ends the Sheriff's brief experiment in transparency, however narrow a ray of light it was. It's only a matter of time until LAPD follows suit. Repeal of these police secrecy laws is long overdue, but the police unions are nestled deep within the pockets and bed sheets of Sacramento.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department will no longer report to the public whether individual shootings are judged in or out of policy, following union objections.
Long Beach to pay nearly $3 million after shooting unarmed man 19 times...
Long Beach will pay nearly $3 million to the family of an unarmed man who was shot 19 times during a fatal clash with police in 2013.
Family of Tyler Woods, killed by Long Beach police, wins $1.05 million...
A jury this week awarded $1.05 million to the family of a 19-year-old man who was fatally shot by Long Beach poli
Man paralyzed by LAPD gets $5.7 million one decade later
LAPD officers shot then-gang member Robert Contreras in the back and left him paralyzed. Officers thought he had a gun, but he ended up being unarmed.
L.A. to pay nearly $6.9 million in relation to police shooting that left...
The Los Angeles City Council approved paying nearly $6.9 million Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by a man who was shot by police while fleeing a...
Completing a yearlong trilogy of unanimous wins at the Ninth Circuit for Paul Hoffman and I, following outstanding jury trial verdicts by Dale Galipo, behold today's beautifully simple memorandum opinion in Zerby v. City of Long Beach. Glad the court saw it our way, and saw through the City's attempts to relitigate the case on appeal with totally inconsistent positions.
Relieved that this Supreme Court didn't see this as an opportunity to further expand justifications for deadly force per recent trend. Yes he made poor decisions at age 19 to hang with the wrong crowd and run from the police for 20 seconds. But Contreras never had a gun that day, never touched the cellphone that stayed in his pocket, and was shot in the back and rendered quadriplegic after he had stopped, facing away from the officers, to nurse a gunshot wound to his ankle. The officers fabricated a story that he pointed a nonexistent gun at them, and the jury didn't buy it. Proud to have helped preserve the judgment that this was excessive force, and glad that he'll now be able to afford the round-the-clock care he needs for the rest of his life.
The Supreme Court has let stand a $5.7-million judgment against two Los Angeles Police Department officers for shooting a fleeing gang member who they believed was carrying a gun.
Won another affirmance from the 9th Circuit today in an LAPD excessive force case, Estate of Cornejo v. City of Los Angeles. Great result for these kids, including a fellow Whittierite!
Release regarding custodial death of Daren Borges
Update: The attorneys representing Daren Borges' mother responded to District Attorney Maggie Fleming's press release from last week: Attorneys representing the mother of Daren Borges,...
Another unanimous Ninth Circuit victory today in Contreras v. City of Los Angeles. Was lucky to be working on a great team with Dale Galipo and Paul Hoffman.
Quoted in article about Hallstrom case and others where DA has withheld facts
Long after Santa Ana police shot two fleeing suspects near homes and bustling shoppers one Friday afternoon, much about the disturbance remains out of the public's reach.
Frontrunner for LA Sheriff weathered spate of officer-involved shootings
A rash of officer-involved shootings in Long Beach in 2013 provoked questions about Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, the frontrunner in the race for sheriff.
Long Beach police officers sued for $10 million after 2013 officer-involved shooting
Attorneys representing the son of a man shot and killed by Long Beach police last year filed a $10 million lawsuit against two officers, alleging they used excessive force. The lawsuit, which identifies the officers as John Fagan and Daniel Mar
Just finalized a $750,000 settlement for the family of Shane Fryer, who was shot and killed by a Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy in 2011. Our experts were able to show that from the physical evidence it was impossible for the deputy to have been in danger of being struck by the truck driven by Mr. Fryer when he was fatally shot twice in the back. Would have been a great case to try but settlement was the right move for the clients, who were even able to avoid having their depositions taken.
"Who will police the police?"
LONG BEACH >> Attorneys representing the families of two men shot and killed by Long Beach police officers last year filed a lawsuit and claims Monday in excess of $10 million against the city of Long Beach and unnamed police officers. Jo
More from today's conference in front of LBPD HQ
Gregory Yee created this quick Tout video.
Press conference today on two fatal Long Beach police shootings
LONG BEACH >> Attorneys representing the families of two men shot and killed by Long Beach police officers last year said they plan to file suits claiming excessive force against the city of Long Beach and unnamed officers on Monday.The t
Police say the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Santa Ana on Tuesday afternoon was not armed.
LONG BEACH >> Authorities are investigating the third officer-involved shooting in less than a week, which left a man dead Thursday night. John DelReal, 39, of Long Beach, was shot and killed by a plainclothes narcotics officer after rep
See Update No. 2 at the bottom of page 2 on Jason Hallstrom's death. See Update No. 1 on page...
LONG BEACH >> Dozens of friends and family of the man killed in the 20th officer-involved shooting in Long Beach this year held an evening vigil Saturday and remembered Tyler Damon Woods as a loving father and a goofy friend with a silly sense o
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